Posts by Claire St. Amant

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    • Claire St. Amant
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    • Claire began her career at People Newspapers as a staff writer and moved to assistant managing editor in 2012. A graduate of Baylor University and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Ukraine, she is always up for a Sic 'em or a steamed cabbage roll.
  • HP Cheerleaders Win Camp Awards

    Gabby Crank, Ashley Farley, Caitlyn Creekmore, Grayson Baird, Bailey Pogue, Samantha Hickey, and Courtney Horn. Emma Ruk, Allie Beth Cowan, Maggie Nolan, Peyton Ward, Nancy Neuhoff, Megan Nash, and Lauren LaDuke

    Highland Park High School varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen cheerleaders recently participated in the National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp held June 4-7 at SMU. The JV squad (pictured above) took home the Champion Chant award.

    Members across all three teams who received the prestigious NCA All-American Award were: Gabby Crank, Caitlyn Creekmore, Allison Reece, Ashley Farley, Nicole Gottlich, Allison Horn, Courtney Horn, Arielle Iola, Mary Michal McCartin, Camille McSherry, Cathy Mims, Nancy Neuhoff, Maggie Nolan, Bailey Pogue, Lindsay Rather, Quinn Rolfe, and Kayla Vrij.

    By Claire St. Amant Jun. 13, 2012 | 6:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Most Patriotic House in The Park Cities

    Even though the Fourth of July is a good three weeks away, this house is already sporting red, white, and blue on every balcony. Can you name this house? Or offer a photo of a patriotic property that rivals it?

    By Claire St. Amant Jun. 9, 2012 | 10:32 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Boiler Blocks Traffic on Lovers Lane

    If you were traveling westbound on Lovers Lane around 1 p.m. today, you probably experienced an unusual delay. That’s because an 18-wheeler hauling a ginormous Hurst Boiler had to be escorted by University Park Police.

    According to city spokesman Steve Mace, the driver called 911 when he realized his load was too tall to safely pass under overhead power lines. UP Police responded, and helped the driver navigate a route that kept the power lines at bay.

    By Claire St. Amant Jun. 8, 2012 | 3:23 pm | 7 Comments | Comments RSS
  • NCL Doles Out Community Service Awards

    Hourglass, Yellow Rose Bouquet, and Merci Award winner Lauren Titus

    The Park Cities chapter of National Charity League hosted its annual Awards & Installation Tea on May 6 at Dallas Country Club. Ten young ladies earned the Hourglass Award, which is given for 100 combined hours of philanthropic service, in addition to the minimum hours requirement.

    Lauren Titus not only earned the Hourglass Award, but she also earned the Yellow Rose Bouquet, which is given for 100 hours of service in one specific philanthropy. Lauren spent her time with Dallas CASA. She also received the Merci Award, which is the top honor given to the young lady with the most philanthropic service hours during the year. Lauren served a total of 345 hours to win this award.

    By Claire St. Amant Jun. 6, 2012 | 6:00 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Park Cities Media Roundup

    While Highland Park and University Park are the sole focus of our publication, Park Cities residents find their merry way into other media outlets as well. Dan pointed out one example on Saturday. Here are two more:

    1. In the June issue of D Magazine, Sarah Hepola writes about the role the University Park Pool played in her coming-of-age story.

    2. In a letter to the Dallas Morning News on Sunday, Highland Park resident David Gershner opines about the 14th Amendment. Because a subscription (and gratuitous scrolling) is required, I’ve pasted the letter after the jump. Read More…

    By Claire St. Amant Jun. 4, 2012 | 9:53 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Incoming Scots Have School Colors in Wardrobe

    Although the uniforms are deceivingly Scot-centric, all of these Providence Christian School graduates are not future Highland Park High School students. But a number of them are headed your way. Thirty-three graduates walked across the stage Friday and are now moving onto high schools including the Cambridge School of Dallas, Episcopal School of Dallas, Highland Park High School, the Hockaday School, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Lake Highlands High School, Trinity Christian Academy, and W.T. White High School.

    By Claire St. Amant May. 30, 2012 | 6:00 am | 6 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hockaday Receives $2.5 Million Challenge Grant

    The Hockaday School recently announced that an anonymous donor has committed a $2.5 million challenge grant in support of the renovation of the school’s boarding facility. This is the largest pledge to the residence department in Hockaday’s history and comes during the early stages of the Centennial Campaign.

    Hockaday’s residence department houses a diverse group of young women from around the world and across the United States. Currently, the 79 residence students come from 12 countries and 10 states.The total cost of the project is estimated at $5 million, and the school plans to begin the renovation in 2013. The renovation will include top-to-bottom improvements of the 50-year-old-residence halls, installation of ADA compliant access, including an elevator; much-needed modernizing of the bathrooms; and the construction of a three-level bridge building to connect the residence halls with the administration building.

    This renovation supports the implementation of a faculty-in-residence program by creating four apartments to house teachers and their families.

    “We know that the interactions and relationships between teachers and students enhance the learning environment,” said head of school Kim Wargo. “As part of the only day/boarding school in Dallas, Hockaday’s faculty-in-residence program will enrich the lives of all students.”

    The donor family sees this challenge grant as an opportunity for all whose lives have been enriched by Hockaday’s residence program to come together in support of this transformational program – one that is central to Hockaday’s mission.

    By Claire St. Amant May. 25, 2012 | 6:23 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pint-Sized Scientist Sheds Light on Solar Energy

    Bradfield Elementary recently held its annual science fair, and fourth-grader Crawford McSpadden took home top honors. His project exploring the temperature of white versus black solar heaters, aptly named “Sunshine Showdown” clearly impressed the judges. Being a minimalist, I’m a fan of his no-frills presentation board.

    By Claire St. Amant May. 23, 2012 | 6:21 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HPMS Celebrates Spirit Day


    Lindsay Rather and Maddie Fehlman

    On Friday, eighth-graders at Highland Park Middle School celebrated the final days of their junior high years with a Spirit Day. HPMS PTA volunteers Michelle Fehlman and Laura Yancy co-chaired the day’s events for the more than 500 students of the Class of 2016. The day’s events included a group breakfast and lunch in the gym, as well as a dance in the evening.

    By Claire St. Amant May. 16, 2012 | 6:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sex Offender Found Loitering Near Hockaday

    UPDATE: Hockaday reports that the sex offender has been taken into custody. While Dallas County arrest records indicate a 74-year-old white male was detained late Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender, Dallas Police officers could not confirm this was the same individual found loitering near Hockaday.

    Hockaday Letter 3
    According to a letter written to parents earlier this week, a registered sex offender was found and questioned by Dallas Police just outside of Hockaday’s Welch Road campus on Monday. The 74-year-old man was parked in a dodge truck painted to resemble a security vehicle, with white and black markings as well as sticker reading “Dallas Unit 51.”

    The letter, which was signed by head of school Kim Wargo, noted that no criminal activity had taken place. Wargo exhorted the Hockaday community to be mindful of the “potential risk” and, in a separate letter to boarding parents, restricted boarding students from walking off campus. Read More…

    By Claire St. Amant May. 11, 2012 | 1:09 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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